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Michael’s effect on the DC area: Rain Thursday, wind Friday

Michael’s effect on the DC area: Rain Thursday, wind Friday

The wind and storm surge related insurance industry loss from hurricane Michael is estimated to be between $2 billion and $4.5 billion by Corelogic, based on a pre-landfall data assessment of the storms impacts to insured assets.

The latest update from the NHC cites still Category 3 sustained winds and at this time hurricane Michael is moving towards Georgia, which is unusual but due to the late intensification and fast movement of the storm not entirely unexpected.

At least one man has been killed after a tree crashed through the roof of his Greenboro home and trapped him.

Almost 30 million people are in danger of being impacted by Michael, according to estimates.

The powerful storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and ripped through the Florida Panhandle with 155 miles per hour winds and 12-foot waves that left a trail of destruction in its wake.

It strengthened from a tropical storm on Sunday to a Category 1 hurricane with 75-mph winds on Monday.

Trump issued an emergency declaration for Florida, freeing up federal funds for relief operations and providing the assistance of FEMA, which has more than 3,000 people on the ground.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

The Troupes said they lost everything, including the furniture, deck, walls and ceilings.

Hours earlier, it made landfall in Florida as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in almost 50 years and the third-strongest ever.

Looking at the entire hurricane season, Michael had the strongest winds since 1992 and Hurricane Andrew.

Michael has now weakened to a tropical storm over south-central Georgia but is forecast to dump torrential rain over Florida, Alabama and Georgia, as well as the Carolinas and into Virginia. This video, taken by Aaron Rigsby of Live Storms Media, was shot today as Hurricane Michael hit the coast.

More than 40 percent of daily crude oil production and more than one-third of natural gas output was lost from offshore US Gulf of Mexico wells on Wednesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins caused by Michael.

"We are attempting to get to the home".

"It is extremely emotional", she said, fighting tears.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall Wednesday, with population centers like Panama City and Tallahassee sitting in its path.

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew, which caused the deaths of almost 600 people in Haiti, quickly grew to a Category 5 storm with sustained winds up 165 miles an hour because of rapid intensification.

"Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger.

National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen added: "We are in new territory".

Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican running for the US Senate in November's congressional elections, declared a state of emergency in 35 Florida counties. "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said.


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